On Wednesday, the Sharks played against the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish in a very tight 0-1 game. This is the first game in almost a full calendar year that the Sharks got shut out. For the entire game, both defensive lines were incredibly strong, making it hard for both teams to score. The first shot was taken just after nine minutes into the game by the Sailfish, but was blocked by freshmen goalkeeper, Brian Lopez. Ten minutes later, graduate student Bradley Fountain had the Shark’s first try on goal. For the rest of the half, there were only four more shots on goal. Fountain tried again at minute 28, but both his shot and junior Ignacio Goya’s rebound were both blocked. In the second half, the Sailfish had a shot that looked like it was going in, but luckily for the Sharks, it ricocheted off the crossbar. After 75 minutes of no scoring, there was a foul called in the box against the Sharks. This was the easiest opportunity to score for either team. Goalkeeper Lopez tried to ready himself for the kick, but dove the wrong way to try to block. There were only two other opportunities for the Sharks to score: senior Darwin Lom’s attempt at minute 79, and freshmen Juanchi Nunez’s attempt at minute 82.
On Wednesday, the Sharks had a very close game with the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish, but the Sharks prevailed. From the start of the game, the Sharks were aggressive. The Sailfish were able to hold off the onslaught until junior Emma Heikkila landed a shot in the top left corner of the net. The Sharks kept attacked the goal six more times during the first half, but the score stayed 1-0. At minute 55, the Sailfish countered with a shot, evening the score. Less than five minutes later, the Sailfish score yet another goal, but the lead was only held for just under two minutes when sophomore Adanna Edwards assisted junior Hannah Christophe for a goal that rocketed towards the far post. During minute 78, Christophe would try for her fourth goal of the season, but the crossbar turned her away. The last goal scored was from Christophe to Heikkila, bringing the final score to 3-2.
On Friday, the Sharks faced off against the Eagles, only to lose all three sets. In the first set, Nova took a quick 4-0 lead. Graduate student Leslie Atherton and senior Denvyr Tyler-Palmer preyed on the Eagles’ multiple errors, resulting in the two of them getting kills. Embry-Riddle eventually got a 4-0 run, which tied the game up at 9-9. A kill by sophomore Maya Patterson and blocks by senior Maddie Uilk and Atherton brought Nova back in front with a score of 11-9. The Eagles then had a 5-0 run to take the lead for the rest of the set. The final score after the Sharks tried to fight back was 25-18. In the second set, the two teams stayed neck and neck, but when the Eagles were leading 10-7, the Sharks took off with a 6-0 run that started with a kill by Atherton, bringing the score to 13-10. Nova held onto the lead before four unanswered points by the Eagles that brought the score back up to 19-18. Tyler-Palmer had one last kill, giving the Sharks the set point, but Embry-Riddle managed to close out the set with a score of 28-23. In the third and final set, the Sharks were behind early. Yet another kill by Tyler-Palmer brought the score to 10-8 with Embry-Riddle still in the lead. The Eagles responded to that by going on a 9-2 run, before the Sharks came within five points, but the Eagles still ended up winning with a score of 25-18.